Erections are the product of a healthy bodily function that is useful when a man wants to have sex or masturbate. Sometimes, however, it happens when a man does not want one. What are the best ways to stop an unwanted erection?
The most obvious way to stop an erection is to ejaculate. This is not always possible or appropriate, so it can be helpful to understand other ways to get rid of one. As erections start in early life, this article also details how parents can talk to their children about erections.
Erections start in early life. They are healthy bodily functions that happen several times a day for most men. A 2013 study found that the average erection is 5.6 inches long. In adulthood, erections may happen when a man is sexually aroused or for other reasons. The different types of erection include:
- Reflexogenic: These occur in response to touch.
- Psychogenic: These happen in response to sexual thoughts or fantasies.
- Nocturnal: These happen while a man is asleep. On average a man experiences five of these a night, and they last for an average of 30 minutes.
Testosterone plays a role in erectile function. In an erection, a small amount of blood travels to the penis. That action, together with hormones, muscles, and nerves, makes the penis stiffen. Erections make sexual intercourse possible, but having an erection does not always mean a man wants to masturbate or engage in sexual activities. Random, unwanted erections affect many men. They are not usually a sign of a health condition, but they make a person feel uncomfortable or embarrassed.
Three Ways To Stop An Erection
#1: Waiting Calmly
A simple way to deal with an unwanted erection is to wait for it to go away. The following may help:
- Sitting down
- Breathing slowly
- Remaining calm
To reduce embarrassment, covering it with a long jacket, shirt, or laptop may help. It is important to remember that while the erection may seem obvious to the person experiencing it, most people will not have noticed, so there is no reason to be anxious.
Distracting the mind with other thoughts can help get rid of an erection. The following may help:
- Avoid thinking about anything arousing
- Focusing on solving a mathematical problem
- Recalling a speech or poem or solving a riddle
Changing a sitting or standing position may also help to get rid of an erection. Doing so may help move clothing that may have been touching the penis and stimulating it. Switching positions may also help a man hide his erection if he is in a public or uncomfortable situation.
If you experience a prolonged erection, then you should seek medical advice.